James N. Collins

I'm a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics at Stanford University.

My research interests are primarily morphosyntax, semantics, pragmatics, Polynesian languages, and Philippine languages.

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Selected Recent Work (comments welcome)

Polynesian clause structure

Case and ergativity

  • Collins, James N. to appear. The distribution of unmarked cases in Samoan. Papers from the 12th International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics, Vol. 1, ed. by W. Arka. Asia-Pacific Linguistics
  • Collins, James. 2013. The morphosyntax of Samoan ergativity (handout). Talk given at Syntax and Semantics Circle. UC Santa Cruz.
  • Collins, James. 2013. Samoan case and transitivity. Qualifying Paper, Stanford University.
  • Collins, James. 2012. Deriving Ergativity in Samoan. Talk given at International Conference on Austronesian Linguistics (ICAL) 12. Udayana University, Bali, Indonesia.
  • Collins, James. 2012. Accusative in an Ergative Language: The Samoan Case System. Talk given at Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) 19. Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan.

The semantics of indefinites

  • Collins, James. to appear. Pseudo noun incorporation in discourse. Proceedings of AFLA 20, ed. by J. Sabbagh.
  • Collins, James. 2013. The discourse potential of narrow scope indefinites in Samoan. Qualifying Paper, Stanford University.
  • Collins, James. 2013. Pseudo noun incorporation in discourse: The view from Tongan and Samoan. Talk given at Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association (AFLA) 20. UT Arlington.
  • Collins, James. 2013. Context updates and narrow scope indefinites: A case study in Samoan incorporated objects (handout). Talk given at California Universities Semantics and Pragmatics (CUSP) 6. UC Berkeley.

Philippine free relatives and quantifier particles

Other projects

Teaching

At Stanford University

  • Winter 2015: TA, Crosslinguistic Syntax (with Boris Harizanov)
  • Winter 2014: TA, Introduction to Semantics and Pragmatics (with Chris Potts)
  • Winter 2013: TA, Introduction to Linguistics (with Asya Pereltsvaig)

At University of Sydney

  • Fall 2011: TA, Introduction to Linguistics (with William Foley)

Contact Me

jamesnc (at) stanford (dot) edu
Department of Linguistics
Margaret Jacks Hall, Building 460
Stanford University
Stanford, CA-94305-2150, USA